As millions of people get ready to travel for Thanksgiving, Google is using its vast troves of data to try to make trips less stressful during the busy holiday week. The search giant on Tuesday launched a website called Mapping Thanksgiving, which includes tools that tell people the best time to hit the road and ideal times for going out on Black Friday. The website, which was developed by teams from Google Maps and the Google News Initiative, has trip planners as well as graphs that tell you when traffic is worst during the long weekend in 25 major US cities, including San Francisco, Houston and Pittsburgh. Pro tip: On average, you should avoid leaving for your trip between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving. Another chart indicates, though, that liquor stores in the US are on average most crowded around 6 p.m. the evening before Thanksgiving. The launch comes as Google pushes to make Maps a more useful hub of information. In August, the company announced … [Read more...] about Google tools aim to help you plan your Thanksgiving travels
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She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
Email Posted November 12, 2019 23:20:19 Photo: Police and students have engaged in street battles throughout the city. (AP: Kin Cheung) Related Story: 'Pam, pam, pam': Witnesses recall police shooting a Hong Kong protester in the chest Related Story: Hong Kong police deny they are to blame for death of protester Related Story: Hong Kong knife attack wounds several, leaving one councillor with a partially bitten-off ear Map: Hong Kong Hong Kong police have warned violence is bringing the Chinese-ruled city to the "brink of total breakdown" after more street battles raged in several parts of the territory. Key points:Police on Tuesday fired tear gas in the heart of the central financial districtOn Monday police shot a protester at close range and a man was doused with petrol and set on firePolice say masked "rioters" have carried out "insane" acts Police on Tuesday fired tear gas in the heart of the central financial district and at two university campuses to break up … [Read more...] about Hong Kong on ‘brink of total breakdown’, police warn after more violence
It has been a year since Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico. If you drop onto the island for a visit, the recovery looks almost complete. The San Juan airport is crowded, the cruise ships are docking on schedule, and the piña coladas are flowing in Old San Juan. The lights work and your cellphone gets pretty good reception. If you ignore a few dead traffic signals and bent road signs, you might even be able to fool yourself into thinking nothing ever happened. But Puerto Rico has not recovered. In fact, it’s arguably as close to collapse as it has ever been. The power is on and the roads are open, but if you look closely, the entire island is held together with duct tape and baling wire. Tens of thousands of people are still living under the blue tarps that were installed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on houses that had their roofs blown off during the storm. Engineers are still discovering bridges that are in danger of collapsing, and every time it rains, … [Read more...] about The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change and Wall Street Almost Killed Puerto Rico
Accused of corruption and towing vehicles willy-nilly, the traffic police, with the help of the Gurugram Metropolitan development Authority (GMDA), have been using an app to streamline the process of clearing city roads of illegally parked vehicles since the beginning of October. The use of technology has borne fruit as the traffic police are being able to tow 250 vehicles every day. The change came after the GMDA, in September, took over the duty of towing vehicles from the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) at the behest of the traffic police, and developed an app for internal use to make the process transparent. “The traffic police have been towing vehicles to address the issue of illegal parking across the city. We are towing around 250 vehicles every day. On some days, the count even reaches 300. Right now, we have at least 12 cranes, but soon we are going to acquire around 50 cranes for the purpose,” Himanshu Garg, GMDA … [Read more...] about 250 vehicles being towed daily for violating parking rules in Gurugram